The potential launch of private cryptocurrencies has served to motivate central banks around the world to develop their own central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). In fact, a recent report from Bison Trails (a blockchain infrastructure platform) indicates that 80% of central banks are currently exploring use cases involving CBDCs, with 40% already testing proof-of-concept programs. This shows a clear trend that CBDCs are moving toward global implementation.
Presently, China appears to be the front-runner for launching the world’s first CBDC. The People’s Bank of China (China’s central bank) is currently testing its digital yuan with commercial institutions and the public.